Rutland County College head Carl Smith highlights apprenticeship benefits

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THE benefits of apprenticeships were highlighted by head of Rutland County College Carl Smith at the Rutland and Stamford Business Network breakfast meeting last Friday.

In Rutland, the council has committed to offer 50 new apprenticeships over the course of 2012, the idea being that young people, aged 18 to 25, are trained on the job in a skill that will lead to permanent work.

Director of Rutland and Stamford Business Network Ben Callaghan said: “We may only be small businesses working in a small county but by forging links and discussing such topics we can only hope that we can improve the situation, one student at a time and one business at a time.”

The business network believes that collaboration is the way forward for small businesses and as a founding member of the forum, Carl is keen on forging further links with the business community for the benefit of the students.

Members of the network already have a relationship with the college, attending careers events at Rutland County and Casterton Business and Enterprise colleges.

Carl highlighted in his business feature that surprisingly the top five growing sectors of employment in the UK were sales assistant, care assistant, office assistant, teaching assistant and cleaner.

He also informed the breakfast meeting that the total number of jobs advertised each year for which a degree is required has not gone up since 1980, proving a need for training in vocational fields.

Another business network founding member Dawn Lees, local business manager at HSBC said: “Carl’s business feature was excellent. Well delivered and highly relevant to all the people around the table.”

The Rutland Stamford Business Network is a forum for learning what is going on in the local business community as well as making contacts and asking people for advice and feedback on your business ideas. If you are in business in the area and interested in joining contact 01572 770352 or email